8th Grade English
The Fenn School
Tom Sawyer Literary Reflection Essay
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
A literary reflection of Tom Sawyer
Your emotions are the slaves to your thoughts, and you are the slave to your emotions.― Elizabeth Gilbert
Losing control of your emotions isn’t a way to live, yet people seek out for their emotions to be controlled. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain does this almost to perfection. You are basically a doll with strings on your arms, and Mark Twain is controlling you and your emotions. He can zig your emotions or zag your emotions each and every way he wants, and you will have no choice but to comply to his impeccable “doll handling”. Through the entire book I think Mark Twain was trying to make us experience what it felt like to be a reckless twelve year old boy in the 1820’s. Whether Tom was trying to impress Becky, steal a treasure, become a pirate, or explore a cave; you could relate to him and feel what Mark Twain wanted you to feel.